Is End-of-Life Care a Good Option for Your Pet?

Whether your pet is approaching the end of his life or has a terminal illness, it is vital to carefully lead the end-of-life experience and minimise any pain or miseries.

What is your pet’s end-of-life care?

When it comes to end-of-life care for pets, an End-of-Life Doula assures that the suffering of pets that are in pain or have a low quality of life is not prolonged. By engaging professional services to understand how to give intense home care is crucial in order to make a sick pet as comfortable as possible. By employing pain medications, food recommendations, and human connection, the objective is to make a pet’s last days or weeks as pleasant as possible. The end-of-life care for your pet might include:

  • medicines
  • treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, laser therapy, sound therapy.
  • home care such as fluid administration and heat therapy
  • assisting your pet in doing more of what they like for as long as they are able to enjoy it

When will you require end-of-life care for your pets?

End-of- life care may be the best option if your pet has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and is anticipated to live for just a few months. End-of-life care may be the greatest decision, especially if you are not ready to say your final goodbyes to your pet. End-of-life care ensures that your pets die in a dignified manner that is as calm, humane, and pain-free as possible. This might include controlling discomfort and keeping the pet comfortable throughout a natural death, as well as offering relief for unbearable suffering.

When should you shift from palliative to end-of-life care?

End-of-life care usually takes over when palliative care methods no longer work and the animal’s capacity to enjoy life begins to deteriorate fast. End-of-life care for pets often aims to alleviate pain and give comfort for both the pet and family members by assisting the family through aftercare and the disposal of their pet’s remains.

Consultation with a professional End-of-Life Doula to create a plan for the best course of action and when it is time to transfer to end-of-life care. A End-of-Life Doula may provide you a quality-of-life scale to assist you assess your pet’s level of suffering and capacity to enjoy life. The ultimate decision will be based on your personal views and how well you know your pet.

Is end-of-life care a good option for your pet?

Choosing what to do for your pet as they approach the end of their life is never an easy decision. When faced with a life-threatening disease, financial considerations may prohibit you from exhausting all treatment choices and battling the condition as vigorously as you would want, while consideration for your pet’s capacity to enjoy life may also restrict treatment possibilities. While end-of-life care may be less expensive in some situations than ongoing therapy, it is not without its own expenses.

Your pets are more than just pets; they are members of the family, and saying goodbye to them may be as traumatic as saying goodbye to any close loved one. However, having a plan for easing them out of this life will provide you with the peace of mind that you did everything you could to provide the greatest life for your devoted friend right up until the end


Jenny Wren

About the author

Jenny Wren (Sita Simran) is a Teacher & Founder of Jenny Wren Wellness and an End-of-Life Doula | Funeral Celebrant based in Brisbane, QLD Australia. She is a certified Member of The International Institute of Complementary Therapies and a qualified EOL Doula, Funeral Celebrant and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher.

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